With spring and summer lines debuting on racks around the world, fashion choices are another way that animals intersect with our lives. And some forward-thinking (and fashion-forward) designers are making those choices with animal welfare in mind -- designing runway-ready pieces that are cruelty-free. Some don't use any animal products at all -- like wool, leather, suede or silk -- while others are taking big steps toward that goal by foregoing products like fur.
Here's the official list of the best animal-friendly designers, compiled with information from The Humane Society of the United States and PETA.
1. Stella McCartney
An outspoken animal advocate and PETA supporter, McCartney has made it part of her brand to use only responsible materials, and never works with fur or leather. She actively calls on other designers and shoppers to do the same: